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Poor People’s Campaign: National Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers Assembly
June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
On Monday, June 21st, poor people, low-wage workers, moral and faith leaders, advocates and our growing coalition of supporters will gather online simultaneously with a (socially-distant) rally in Raleigh, North Carolina for a National Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers Assembly. The Coalition on Human Needs is proud to support and participate.
More than 140 million people across the United States live in or near poverty, struggle with low wages and are one emergency away from economic ruin. 250,000 people die every year from poverty in the wealthiest nation on the planet.
We can’t be silent anymore in the face of this reality.
The First Reconstruction followed the Civil War. The civil rights struggles of the 20th century proved to be the Second Reconstruction. Our Third Reconstruction will be a revival of our constitutional commitment to establish justice, provide for the general welfare, end decades of austerity, and recognize that policies which center the 140 million people, who struggle financially, are also good economic policies that can heal and transform our nation.
Here’s what we are going to do: This Monday, on June 21st at 5:30 p.m. ET we will gather online from all 50 U.S. states and territories. Together, we will build a strong coalition of people to fight for our country’s Third Reconstruction.
We are already beginning to plan for the Poor People’s Campaign for next year—and Monday’s event is the first public step. Next June’s event will be a generationally-transformative in-person Moral March on Washington on June 18, 2022. Together, next summer, we will flood the streets of Washington, DC and create a national stage for the voices and leadership of people directly impacted by poverty, racism and their interlocking injustices.